Alice Fordham http://aspenpublicradio.org en Amid Bloodshed, Brotherhood: Links Forged From Iraq's Game Of Rings http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/amid-bloodshed-brotherhood-links-forged-iraqs-game-rings In Iraq, a Ramadan game called Mheibbis brings even Sunnis and Shiites together in peaceful competition. A ring game traditionally played between neighborhoods during the holy month, Mheibbis has offered men the opportunity to break Baghdad's tension and offer messages of unity and brotherhood — even between rival sects. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 21296 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Iraqi Lawmakers Fail To Reach Deal On A New Government http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/iraq-lawmakers-fail-reach-deal-new-government Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Iraq is looking more and more like a country being divided into three parts. Hard-core Sunni militants have taken much of the west. Well-organized Kurdish soldiers have grabbed the north. And everywhere else, Shiites are mustering sectarian militia. Thousands of Iraqis have been killed in just the last month. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 21114 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Iraqi Parliament, And Maliki's Fate, Float In Limbo http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/iraqi-parliament-and-malikis-fate-float-limbo Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. With Iraq in crisis under the onslaught of Sunni extremists, the country's government is unable to pull together. A meeting of the Iraqi parliament fell apart today, and the issues before the body are critical for the government to function. The parliament was elected back in April, but members still have yet to agree on a speaker, a president and a prime minister. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 20882 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Angry At Shiite-Led Government, Sunnis Are Loath To Help Calm Iraq http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/angry-shiite-led-government-sunnis-are-loath-help-calm-iraq Iraq is looking increasingly like a state partitioned along sectarian lines. Shiites control the south, but Sunni militants are sweeping through the north and west — and they're doing it with help from local Sunni populations.<p>Interviews with Sunni leaders show how hard it will be to build the kind of trust needed to put the country back together under one functioning authority.<p>In the Baghdad suburb of Dora, Sunni Sheik Abu Ali al-Jubbouri says the dangers Sunnis face are evident every night. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 20609 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Angry At Shiite-Led Government, Sunnis Are Loath To Help Calm Iraq Maliki's Power Base Crumbles As Iraq Slips Into Chaos http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/malikis-power-base-crumbles-iraq-slips-chaos Tens of thousands of Iraqi men brandishing assorted weapons are responding to a call to arms. They invoke the Mahdi, a figure from Shiite Muslim prophecies, as they march in a recent parade in Sadr City, a Shiite suburb of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.<p>"We volunteer to protect our dear country," says Hazem al-Shemmari.<p>When Sunni militants took over parts of <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/iraq/" target="_blank">Iraq </a>this month, Shiite religious leaders called for volunteers to fight back.<p>Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a devout Shiite, gave speeches supporting the volunteers. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 20467 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Maliki's Power Base Crumbles As Iraq Slips Into Chaos